Ann Harrison was a standout student on EH5 (there were many on that course, which ran despite lockdown from September 2020 to Jun 2021!)
We managed to get back in to the classroom for Module 10 (Jun 2021) and she very kindly wrote this poem for us:
Sitting at my laptop the other night
Had sent off my paperwork, Anne said it was right
Relieved, I took a break… mulled over some thoughts in my head
And, instead of submitting WR102… the muse struck and I wrote nonsense verse instead!
Module 1, we logged in, wet behind the ears
But Alex and Anne soon allayed our fears
They smiled, full of enthusiasm, and we smiled back at them
Our mirror neurons were firing on all cylinders
Though we didn’t know it then!
We soon learned Anne needed her coffee fix
And Alex loved his pre-course run
Just so they felt a tad human
Before the Zoom meeting had begun
Checking out our faces on the screen
Any latecomers for roll call?
Don’t forget 9.30 sharp on Sunday so there’ll be time for group trance for all!
Gulp! What? See clients straight away
Friends and family will do
To practice language patterns and trance
Crivvens! Our stress buckets were fu’!
Anne said “pull up your big girl/boy pants
You’ll be qualified one day!”
Then we discovered the sting in the tail…
By module 8 they’d have to pay!
“Aye,” Alex said, “on top of that
4 pages of Neuroscience to recite
In front of the class, live, no cheating”
Poor Lesley near collapsed with stage fright
Help was at hand in the form of Ciara
She set up our Whatsapp group
To support each other, disseminate info
And generally keep us all in the loop.
Recorded our downloads by month 3
Using a specialist if you’re no use at IT
Background Music with no infringement of copyright
For our clients to listen to in bed at night
Module 4 lying awake at night, was it indigestion?
No, simply trying to get to grips with the infernal Miracle Question
Give the clients time to answer, Anne said, Alex said up and down your fingers is the goal
But, whatever you do guys, don’t go down that rabbit hole.
Rewind and Reframe was a revelation
Module 5 lived up to all our expectations
Now we had the Protocol for Phobias and Fears
Our clients could now face spiders without panic and tears
Module 6 introduced us to Smoking Cessation
Although now in 2021 we’re more a ‘vaping’ nation
But when we try to take on clients who need to give up the fags…
they say “Oh I’ve a wee bit of tobacco left in my pouch, mind if I have one last drag?”
We’ve had brilliant guest speakers
Lyn Penman, Nicola Griffiths, Rachel Gillibrand
But a certain world champion boxer
Showed us what he could do with that left hand
Glenn Catley, inspirational (with DN)
Invented the Mongoose (a two pronged attack)
Dip the shoulder, avoid the jab, left uppercut
And his opponent was on his back!
Our Supervision Q and A became the norm
Hearing our peers problem clients and case histories
Actually went down a storm
Later on in the course we really had to engage our intellectual minds
Because we had to answer our own queries
Alex and Anne had to be cruel to be kind!
Polar bears, cavemen, Two Trees, Steel Balls
CORP, metaphors galore, this course had it all
In 10 months we’ve learned the tools of our trade
Just follow the format, trust the process
And clients problems will fade
‘What’s been good’, ‘sparkling moments’ of the course
Too numerous to mention
But best of all, Module 10 being live
Our own Edinburgh convention
Just to meet face to face
In the same room
After all can’t do elbow bumps on zoom!
I think I speak for all when I say
Support is the key word
Struggling with MQ or CORP, a dip in confidence
We know our voice would be heard
By Alex and Anne or our ‘study buddies’
We always supported each other
From now on we’re all a family
Hypno sisters and brother
So thank you CPHT Edinburgh School
And thank you Alex and Anne as lecturers you’re cool
You gave us responsibility in Module 1, you knew that was best
So now in Module 10, your fledgling hypnos” are just about ready to leave the nest.
We’ll fly in now and then for supervision and advice
Maybe sometime we’ll meet for coffee and cake
That’d be really nice
But now folks raise a glass for Anne and Alex and all the students too
Because we qualified despite the pandemic
Yes thanks to SFH we all came through
To Anne and Alex and us… cheers!
Ann’s website is: https://northhypnotherapy.com/